Reminder of cycle safety

Tayside Police in Angus are increasingly concerned about the rise in the number of recent reports about inconsiderate, erratic and ultimately dangerous behaviour of young cyclists.

The manner of their cycling puts them and other road users at serious risk, particularly during hours of darkness, when some have been on their bikes without wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and without proper lights and reflectors fitted to their bicycles.

The Highway Code provides rules and advice for pedal cyclists and by following these, cyclists can help themselves to keep safer when out cycling.

Some points to remember include: it is a legal requirement that your bike is fitted with a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors. At night, you are required to use a white front and red rear light; make sure your reflectors are clean and that lights are in working order, always choose the right size and type of cycle for comfort and safety, with the saddle and handlebars adjusted to the correct height, check your bike before you use it. Check the tyres are inflated correctly and the brakes work properly. Also check your gears and chain regularly, wearing light or fluorescent and reflective outer clothing or accessories whilst cycling will help other road users see you and wearing a cycle helmet which does not obstruct vision which is of the correct size and conforms to current safety regulations is recommended.